Southeast Saskatchewan - in fact, most of the province - should brace themselves for a tough winter.

The forecast from the Old Farmer’s Almanac is expecting Saskatchewan to see some below average temperatures, and above average precipitation, between now and the spring.

“It’s pretty simple, you can look at it one of two ways - cold and snowy, or snowy and cold. That’s what we see,” explained Jack Burnett with the Old Farmer's Almanac.

The longstanding publication, which provides everything from weather forecasts to tips for when to seed, to recipes and more, has a pretty strong track record. Burnett explained they are accurate roughly 80 percent of the time. Part of the reason for the success is the more than 200-year tradition they have.

“You know, wherever it happens to be, Weyburn or wherever, we try to find the pattern that most closely resembles the present,” Burnett added.

As for when things will be the coldest, the almanac is calling for the latter part of December and the second half of January to be when things are the coldest. Snow is expected in late December, late January, in February, and one more last gasp from winter in April. After the winter, things should look good for those concerned about moisture levels heading into the seeding season.

The almanac is predicting a cooler than normal spring, which will be fairly wet compared to average. For the summer, the temperatures will be right around average, as will the precipitation levels.

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